ASO CHRON­I­CLE Ero­sion threat­ens Abaji

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE -

“I have to say that there is the need for the in­com­ing FCT min­is­ter to take a tour of the six area coun­cils in or­der to ac­quaint him­self with the chal­lenges peo­ple of the FCT are fac­ing,” he added.

Another res­i­dent of Abaji who spoke to our re­porter said his house was al­most col­laps­ing as there are cracks on the wall, es­pe­cially at the backyard.

Mr. Ibrahim At­tahiru said: “In fact, ev­ery year, I have to sup­port the build­ing with big stones in or­der for it to stand. But with the sit­u­a­tion at hand presently, I don’t know if one can sur­vive it; as you can see the wall has cracked,” he said.

He said that if the ero­sion is not im­me­di­ately con­trolled by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, it would also cut off the road link­ing the per­ma­nent site of the Abaji Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, which he said may af­fect the take-off of aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties.

“This is the only road that links to the per­ma­nent site of the newly es­tab­lished Abaji Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, but as you can see, the ero­sion is grad­u­ally ex­tend­ing to the road and if ur­gent steps are not taken, I am afraid it may af­fect the smooth take-off of aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

Aso Chron­i­cle also vis­ited the Abat­toir area, es­pe­cially the Abat­toir new ex­ten­sion and ob­served that many houses in the area are on the verge of col­laps­ing due to the im­pact of ero­sion.

It was ob­served that the road lead­ing to Abat­toir has been cut off by ero­sion, ren­der­ing res­i­dents of ad­join­ing houses who have ve­hi­cles stranded.

A res­i­dent of the area, Musa Aliyu, told Aso Chron­i­cle that many houses have col­lapsed this year due to heavy flood­ing which wors­ened the im­pact of the ero­sion, say­ing res­i­dents al­ways mo­bi­lized to cre­ate an al­ter­na­tive route for the run­ning wa­ter dur­ing the dry sea­son but when rainy sea­son re­sumes, the wa­ter still takes its course.

“In fact, most of the peo­ple who re­side in this area, es­pe­cially those at Abat­toir new ex­ten­sion and have ve­hi­cles have to park at neigh­bour­ing houses due to lack of ac­cess road, as ero­sion has cut­off the ma­jor road and some houses have also col­lapsed,” he said.

He there­fore ap­pealed to the author­i­ties of the coun­cil, un­der the lead­er­ship of Al­haji Ya­haya Garba Gawu, to come to the aid of the res­i­dents of the area by li­ais­ing with the man­age­ment of the FCDA in tack­ling the ero­sion men­ace and pro­vid­ing wa­ter drainage sys­tem in the area.

Ef­forts to get the re­ac­tion of the coun­cil chair­man were not suc­cess­ful as his phone num­ber did not con­nect. But an aide of the chair­man, who craved anonymity said the coun­cil had writ­ten a let­ter and at­tached pic­tures of the ero­sion site and for­warded them to the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment two months ago.

Aso Chron­i­cles find­ings re­vealed that there are nu­mer­ous causes of ero­sion; it can be both nat­u­rally and ar­ti­fi­cial­lyin­duced. But the un­der­ly­ing ge­ol­ogy and the sever­ity of the ac­com­pa­ny­ing sur­face play a key role.

En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists have ob­served that gully ero­sion is more preva­lent in sed­i­men­tary ter­rain than in the base­ment com­plex in Nige­ria.

Aso Chron­i­cle gath­ered that ero­sion has caused im­mense and in­es­timable dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment in Nige­ria gen­er­ally, and has re­sulted in the loss of lives and prop­erty in more se­ri­ous cases.

So­lu­tions which have been prof­fered in­clude public aware­ness cam­paigns, ad­vo­cacy for im­proved farm­ing tech­niques and en­act­ment of laws against any ac­tiv­ity which favours gully growth.

Un­for­tu­nately, ero­sion has been one of the nat­u­ral dis­as­ters that have hit the ru­ral poor, with ef­forts by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment at ame­lio­rat­ing their plight not al­ways yield­ing the de­sired re­sult.

Aso Chron­i­cle gath­ered that it was on this premise that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in its de­sire to con­trol this eco­log­i­cal prob­lem in Nige­ria de­cided to set up the eco­log­i­cal funds of­fice un­der the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment to ad­dress se­ri­ous eco­log­i­cal prob­lems that are be­yond the ca­pac­i­ties of states and lo­cal gov­ern­ments in the coun­try.

De­spite the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s claim in mak­ing bud­getary pro­vi­sion yearly for the con­trol of ero­sion across the coun­try, some com­mu­ni­ties still face ero­sion threat. Even Abaji com­mu­nity would be won­der­ing what the eco­log­i­cal fund is ac­tu­ally meant for.

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